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Robare named Huskies varsity football coach

Jim Robare

GLOVERSVILLE — On April 15, the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Ian Schwan as the Huskies varsity football coach.

Schwan was set to take over for Jared Bongo who resigned the position after the 2018 season.

Monday, the school board accepted the resignation of Schwan and appointed James Robare as the Huskies head coach for the upcoming fall season.

“This was kind of a surprise to us,” Gloversville Superintendent of Schools David Halloran said. “Coach Schwan interviewed with us and was hired. He was recently offered, and accepted, a position in another district where he has been helping out.”

Robare was approved at the June 10 meeting for a three-year probationary appointment as a physical education teacher and was named as an assistant football coach.

He worked as a physical education teacher in the Gloversville School District from 1996-2009 and was the Huskies varsity baseball coach before accepting the Athletic Directors position with the Greater Johnstown School District in 2009 and resigned from that position on May 5 after the board reduced the position from full time to a part time position.

“We did not reopen the search,” Halloran said. “Jim had interviewed with us before and was hired and appointed as an assistant so we knew he was interested and qualified.”

Robare, who worked this spring as an assistant coach with the Gloversville baseball program, holds a bachelor’s degree from Catawba College in North Carolina, graduating in 1993. He has done graduate work at the University at Albany and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The first day of practice for Gloversville is slated for Aug. 19, with the Huskies opening the 2019 schedule on the road against Burnt Hills-Ballston lake on Sept. 6. Spartans coach Matt Shell and Robare were teammates on the Huskies’ 1987 Foothills Council and Section II Class B championship football team.

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